Technology and the Promise of Blended Learning

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 11:00am to Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 4:00pm EDT
The Roosevelt Hotel, 45 E. 45th Street at Madison Ave, NYC
The Roosevelt Hotel, 45 E. 45th Street at Madison Ave, NYC
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Students, educators and philanthropists have shown an enthusiastic appetite for digital learning. Yet education technology, with its potential to personalize learning, boost student achievement and lower costs, is still seen by some as more fad than future. How can donors ensure technology is truly transformative in K–12 education?
Join America’s leading local and national philanthropists for a candid conversation in the Big Apple as we discuss lessons from experienced philanthropists and examine efforts to rethink how learning is delivered. We’ll also discover what it takes to start a blended learning school and explore the questions top experts and donors are asking:


  • How can donors effectively integrate blended learning into their K–12 giving?
  • How can funders help prepare teachers and leaders for this new style of education?
  • What role do for-profit investors and providers play in the growth of digital learning?
  • What roadblocks are preventing technology from meeting students’ needs? 
A Philanthropy New York Collaborative Program co-sponsored with The Philanthropy Roundtable.

Presenters Include

Rachel Abrahams, Program Officer, AVI CHAI Foundation
Cami Anderson, State District Superintendent, Newark Public Schools
Norman Atkins, Co-Founder and President, Relay Graduate School of Education
Amb. Frank Baxter, Chairman Emeritus, Jefferies and Company, Inc.
Scott Benson, Program Officer, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Larry Berger, Founder and Executive Chairman, Wireless Generation
Carrie Douglass, Senior Director, Strategy and Innovation, Rogers Family Foundation
Scott Ellis, CEO, The Learning Accelerator
Stacey Gillett, Deputy Chief of Innovation, NYC Department of Education
Deborah Gist, Commissioner, Rhode Island Department of Education
Brian Greenberg, CEO, Silicon Schools Fund
Bryan Hassel, Co-Director, Public Impact
Scott Hamilton, Partner, Seton Education Partners
Alex Hernandez, Partner and Vice President, Charter School Growth Fund
Michael Horn, Executive Director, Education, Innosight Institute
Anthony Kim, CEO, Education Elements
Dave Levin, Co-Founder, KIPP, and superintendent, KIPP New York
Alan Marty, Managing Director, Legacy Venture
John Merrow, Education Correspondent, PBS NewsHour
Mike Messner, Trustee, Speedwell Foundation
Cheryl Niehaus, Program Officer, Michael and Susan Dell Foundation
Rick Ogston, Executive Director, Carpe Diem Academy
Susan Patrick, President and CEO, iNACOL
Bennet Ratcliff, Founder, Ratcliff Strategies
Ben Rayer, Founder and CEO, Touchstone Education, Inc.
Paul Shiverick, President, Shelter Hill Foundation
Jonathan Skolnick, Director of Innovative learning, Junyo
Joe Williams, Executive Director, Democrats for Education Reform
Tom Vander Ark, Managing Partner, Learn Capital

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All interested funders.
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